Day: December 3, 2005

Angono, Rizal (29 kms. north of Manila) is a town famous for its rich cultural tradition. It is home to no less than two National Artists: painter Carlos “Botong” Francisco and composer Lucio San Pedro, who were cousins. There are galleries and art schools in almost every corner of Angono, and the town is home…

Government employees are overworked and underpaid. Their security of tenure is threatened by reengineering and privatization schemes. Worse, they have no right to strike or undertake collective action. But now they are fighting back. By Karl G. Ombion Bulatlat.com Bacolod City – The government is the biggest employer in the country. According to official records,…

Even with the removal of the U.S. Bases, the sex trade never stopped in Olongapo and Subic. In the 80s, prostitution catered to U.S. servicemen. Now prostitution caters to businessmen, mostly Chinese, Taiwanese, and Filipinos, who frequent the casinos inside the former U.S. bases. By Dabet Castaneda Bulatlat.com SUBIC, Zambales – It was a little…

“Manila’s Finest” were all over the university belt last Nov. 25 with their truncheons and shields, and some seemed to be itching for a fight. It must have had something to do with the form of protest chosen by the White Ribbon Movement (WRM) and the Gloria Step Down Movement (GSM) – a “People’s Procession.”…

After five sessions, 21 witnesses and more than 20 hours of testimonies, the Citizens Congress for Truth and Accountability adjourned. The historic initiative brought to light the evidences that administration allies sought to keep in the dark with the junking of the impeachment complaint against the president. By Lisa Ito Bulatlat.com After hearing the testimonies…

First of three parts “Health is wealth” is an old adage usually drummed by teachers on pre-schoolers during lessons on proper grooming and hygiene. But under the health agenda of the government, the adage now has a new meaning – transforming the public health system to make it less dependent on national government and generate…

“Without any warning, they just started shooting at us with their armalite rifles, followed by six to nine explosions from M203 grenade launchers. I shouted at the top of my lungs: Hindi kami kalaban, magsasaka lang kami, sir!…Tama na! (We’re not enemies, we are just farmers…stop it!) But they continued peppering us with bullets,” said…

Macapagal-Arroyo is not literally deaf and blind to the persistent protests and appeals here and abroad to cease the wanton violations of human rights. Out of lust for power, she has been consumed by her own “war on terror.” Crafted to stop the criminal activities of the ASG, used against the NPA and now as…

BY Johann Hein B. Arpon Within a week, motorcycle-riding gunmen had turned two women into widows and five children fatherless, as political killings continue in Eastern Visayas. On Nov. 7, at past 5 p.m., Jose Ducalang, municipal coordinator of Bayan Muna-Ormoc City was gunned down in Brgy. Ipil, Ormoc City by motorcycle-riding perpetrators. He died…

Macapagal-Arroyo is not literally deaf and blind to the persistent protests and appeals here and abroad to cease the wanton violations of human rights. Out of lust for power, she has been consumed by her own “war on terror.” Crafted to stop the criminal activities of the ASG, used against the NPA and now as…